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The TSNC Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2024 - Thou Shalt Not Covet...

The 2024 TSNC Valentine’s Day Gift guide is finally here – enjoy! Liquid London Pheromone Fragrances Let’s start things off today with what I think is one of the more interesting items in my gift guide. If you haven’t heard of pheromone fragrances, essentially these scents are created to blend with your natural pheromones to boost your sex appeal and make you irresistible! I find the concept really interesting, and while it’s not exactly possible to prove these fragrances actually work, I can tell you I really enjoyed the wonderfully juicy, fruity scent of the female fragrance Liquid London offers, and my husband loved it on me too! Liquid London offer three fragrance options, for him, for her and for everyone – For Him – Notes: Pepper. Bergamot. Rose. Mint. Sandalwood. Vetiver. For Her – Notes: Mango. Bergamot. Jasmine. Olibanum. Vanilla. Sandalwood. For Everyone – Notes: Juniper. Lemon. Bergamot. Pepper. Pine needles. Incense. Orris Root. Vanilla. Sandalwood. Amber. Summer Fridays Dream Lip Oils Everyone and their nan is raving about Summer Fridays Dream Lip Oils which have recently launched. Available in four wearable shades, the Dream Lip Oils are packed full of skin loving ingredients, including a blend of nine moisturising plant-based oils and hydrating plant-derived vegan collagen, leaving lips feeling smooth and supple, with a hint of colour. Parfums de Marly Delina EDP I’ve really been loving Delina lately, this is one of those fragrances that I can’t get enough of and always end up going back to. Delina is a beautifully bright and juicy scent, opening with tart notes of lychee and rhubarb blended with sparkling bergamot and nutmeg. The heart includes beautiful floral notes of Turkish rose, lily of the valley and peony, leading to a smooth base of cashmeran, musk, vetiver and vanilla. After a while the top notes subside, leaving you with a bouquet of intense fresh roses layered over a smooth cashmere base – it really is so pretty, and it has great lasting power too! Beauty Bay Reckless Romance 20 Colour Palette The brand new Beauty Bay Reckless Romance Eyeshadow palette is just stunning! Including 20 matte and shimmer shades from grungy greys to pops of berry. Reckless Romance is giving dark, sultry, gothic energy, with a romantic vibe – I’m just in love with the colour story! Astrid & Miyu Heart Signet Ring Of course I had to include a jewellery item for Valentine’s Day. The beautifully simple Heart Signet Ring from Astrid & Miyu is made from 18k gold plated sterling silver, I think it’s really simple and pretty. The Merchant of Venice Red Potion EDP I recently tried a few fragrances from The Merchant of Venice, and fell in love with the brand. Red Potion is a warm floral fragrance opening with a caramelised accord of golden immortelle, paired with bright facets of orange, tagete, and a tangy blend of florals including orange flower, rosemary and sweet honeysuckle. The warm scent clings to the skin, revealing an inviting base of creamy tonka bean, blended with sharp lichen, and  a woody sandalwood accord. Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Who wouldn’t want a luxurious Dior product for Valentine’s Day? The Dior Addict Lip Maximizer is Dior’s iconic, must-have gloss, providing hydrating and plumping lip care with a maximum volume effect. It’s infused with cherry oil and hyaluronic acid, leaving lips looking glossy, visibly smoothed and plumped. Dior Addict Lip Maximizer is now available in intense, holographic and shimmering versions too. Gucci Blush de Beaute Cheeks & Eyes Powder Gucci really does come up with the prettiest beauty products. I have my eye on their Gucci Blush De Beauté – the House’s first powder blush. Available in many shades, this multi-use product can be worn on the cheeks and eyes. It’s easily buildable so you can go from a light flush of colour to an intense and daring look in no time. Tom Ford Soleil Niege Sunlit Rose Lip Balm It doesn’t get much more luxurious than Tom Ford where it comes to beauty. The Tom Ford Sunlit Rose Lip Balm provides immediate moisture and shine while giving  a sheer-to-pink plump look. The balm lavishes lips in decadent sheer moisture, and then delivers a sultry pink hue that complements your natural lip colour. Diptyque Baies & Roses Candle Duo I absolutely love Diptyque candles, and fans of the brand will be excited to get their hands on this gorgeous limited edition set. This valentine’s duo features a harmony of flowers and leaves, combining the tangy green accents of Baies (Berries) with the floral notes of Roses. Charbonnel et Walker Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles What could be a better gift for Valentine’s Day than champagne truffles!? This beautiful gift box is filled with iconic Pink Marc de Champagne chocolate Truffles. These tasty treats feature a luxurious white chocolate truffle with a hint of strawberry, and a creamy milk chocolate Marc de Champagne centre, rolled in powdered sugar for an extra touch of elegance. (These are also suitable for vegetarians) YSL Libre EDP Gift Set Last but not least, YSL Libre is one of my favourite fragrance ranges, and this Libre gift set would make a fantastic Valentine’s gift. (You can find out more about the Libre fragrance collection here). This lovely gift set includes a 50ml bottle of the original Libre fragrance with a travel size Libre fragrance and a red compact YSL mirror. Comments comments

MAC Cosmetics Launch MACximal Silky Matte Lipsticks - Thou Shalt Not Covet...

Affiliate Links PR Sample There’s no doubt that MAC has stood the test of time where a plethora of makeup brands have come and gone, and one of their most loved, classic products has finally been given a revamp. MAC’s classic matte lipsticks are no more, now the collection has been reformulated and revamped for 2024, promising more colour, more comfort and more wear. I must admit, as a long term fan of MAC lipsticks, their matte lipstick formula was one I struggled to get along with. As someone with chronically dry lips, I found the Matte formulas to be just too drying to wear often. Pigmentation was fantastic, but the way it made my lips feel just wasn’t my favourite. So I’m pleased to hear that MAC have reformulated this collection – but are the MACximal Silky Matte Lipsticks any good? Swatches from top to bottom – 603 Diva, 660 Avant Garnet, 675 Over-Statement, 612 Russian Red, 686 Lipstick Snob. Promising full coverage and pigment rich colour, the brand new MACximal Silky Matte Lipsticks also condition and nourish the lips, with a silkier, smoother texture than before – they feature a creamy blend of coconut oil, organic shea butter and organic cocoa butter that conditions and nourishes lips, without feathering, bleeding, flaking or fading, for up to 12 hours. Are the MACximal Silky Matte Lipsticks worth purchasing? In my opinion, yes they are! The new formula is SO good! They still have the amazing pigmentation we love and expect from MAC, but the improved formula is so much better than before. Dry matte lips be gone! The MACximal Silky Matte Lipsticks really have more of a satin-matte finish than a full on matte. You can see on my swatches above that they have a very slight sheen. I should also mention, these are weighty products! The packaging feels sturdy, heavy and just very good quality. If you’re looking for a true ‘flat’ matte finish, MAC still have their Retro Matte range available in their liquid lipstick formula, and not forgetting the Powder Kiss collection too. The MACximal Silky Matte lipsticks are £25 and available at MAC Cosmetics now. Comments comments